Friday, December 28, 2007

WC matric results slightly down from last year

By Nadia Samie
28 December 2007

Matric pupils in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces have once again come out tops in the country.

MEC for Education in the Western Cape, Cameron Dugmore, says that although the matric pass rate of 80,6% in the province is less than the 83.7% that was achieved in 2006, he is satisfied with the overall result, given the tough year for education in 2007, which included a protracted teachers’ strike in June.

In a statement, Dugmore says that the department is pleased with the steady growth in the number of candidates who passed, from 33,316 last year to 33,787 this year – an increase of 471.

While the growth in the number of candidates passing has been a trend in the province over several years, improving the quality of passes remains a serious challenge.

The number who passed without endorsement has increased from 22,727 in 2006 to 23,487 in 2007, an increase of 760.

The number of candidates who passed with endorsement — which is a requirement for entry into university — declined by 289 from 10,589 to 10,300. Merit passes declined by 152 from 6,594 to 6,442 and distinctions by 133 from 2,280 to 2,147.
Umalusi, the body that overseas the matric exam process, has approved the 2007 senior certificate examinations. In their report Umalusi notes that: “generally the papers were of a high standard and conformed to national policy and guidelines”.

The report points to a few concerns that require attention, including poor translation of papers and some basic errors in the format of question papers.

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